The 63rd edition of the International Festival of Contemporary Music, known also as Biennale Musica, will take place between 27 September and 6 October 2019, in Venice.
The Music department of the Venice Biennale is directed by Ivan Fedele, a composer whose portfolio counts over 175 works and includes orchestral pieces, electro-acoustic and chamber music. In 2016, Fedele received the Prix International Arthur Honegger for his overall work as a composer.
The Venice Festival of Contemporary Music was initiated in 1930, as an adjacent event to the Venice Biennale. With the first edition of the Venice Film Festival in 1932, and the first International Theatre Festival in 1934, the Venice Biennale took a multidisciplinary character, which was preserved to this day.
At first, the International Festival of Contemporary Music was held every two years, and then, from 1937, annually. Excluding the interruptions of the Second World War, the festival continued to the present.
Following a restoration process begun in 2000, the Teatro Piccolo Arsenale, the Teatro alle Tese and the Sale d’Armi became the venues for the shows of the International Festival of Contemporary Music. The venues are equipped with the most advanced technologies.
Teatro Piccolo Arsenale is located near the Venetian Arsenal. The closest vaporetto stop is Arsenale, on the waterbus Lines 1, 4.1, 4.2 and 5.2. To find the theater on foot, use the map bellow.